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Kansas 2011

Kansas’ Place in the Rankings
6th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
7th Cost of Living
9th College Affordability
10th Median Family Income
14th Export Intensity Growth
15th Higher-ed Efficiency
16th Productivity Growth
16th Export Intensity
18th Growth in Share of National Exports
18th Budget Gap
21st Per Capita Income Growth
21st Export Growth
22nd Higher-ed Degree Output
23rd High-tech Share of All Businesses
24th Academic R&D Intensity
20th Educational Attainment

Colorado 2011

Colorado’s Place in the Rankings
1st Small Business Lending
2nd High-tech Share of All Businesses
2nd Academic R&D Intensity
3rd Entrepreneurial Activity
5th STEM Job Concentration
7th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
8th Median Family Income
10th Small Business Survival Index
10th Educational Attainment
12th State and Local Tax Burden
14th Business Birth Rate
15th Business Tax Climate
15th Higher-ed Degree Output
15th Productivity Growth
16th High Speed Broadband Availability
17th Gross State Product Growth
18th Economic Output Per Job
19th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
22nd Higher-ed Efficiency
24th Long-term Job Growth
25th College Affordability

Wyoming 2011

Wyoming’s Place in the Rankings
1st Long-term Job Growth
1st Gross State Product Growth
1st Productivity Growth
1st Per Capita Income Growth
1st College Affordability
2nd STEM Job Growth
3rd State and Local Tax Burden
4th Economic Output Per Job
4th Business Tax Climate
5th Budget Gap
7th Business Birth Rate
9th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
11th Small Business Lending
19th Median Family Income
23rd Export Growth
25th Academic R&D Intensity
25th High Speed Broadband Availability

Arizona 2011

Arizona’s Place in the Rankings
1st Higher-ed Degree Output
3rd Academic R&D Intensity
5th Business Birth Rate
7th Entrepreneurial Activity
7th Gross State Product Growth
10th Small Business Lending
12th Long-term Job Growth
13th State and Local Tax Burden
13th Small Business Survival Index
13th Productivity Growth
13th Job Placement Efficiency
13th High Speed Broadband Intensity
14th Higher-ed Efficiency
15th High-tech Share of All Businesses
19th Economic Output Per Job
19th STEM Job Concentration
24th High Speed Broadband Availability
25th STEM Job Growth

Washington 2011

Washington’s Place in the Rankings
1st Export Intensity
1st STEM Job Concentration
5th Small Business Survival Index
9th Economic Output Per Job
9th Business Birth Rate
11th Median Family Income
11th STEM Job Growth
11th Business Tax Climate
15th College Affordability
16th Long-term Job Growth
16th Job Placement Efficiency
17th Educational Attainment
17th High Speed Broadband Intensity
17th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
18th High Speed Broadband Availability
19th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
20th Gross State Product Growth
22nd State and Local Tax Burden

School Improvement Grants: What’s the Difference Between “Low-Performing Schools” and “Schools in Improvement?”

February 25, 2011

School Improvement Grants (SIGs) are authorized under NCLB, but received limited funding or attention until the last few years. Recently, though, funding has significantly increased, and the focus of these grants—concentrating significant resources on those schools furthest behind—realigned SIGs with the Race to the Top fund competition.